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Mining Industry Proposes Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

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Karin Dilge By Karin Dilge | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Thu, 03/09/2023 - 09:30

In 2022, the mining sector overcame various challenges in a bid to regain competitiveness. The Mexican Mining Chamber (CAMIMEX) argued that the sector’s future actions should be focused on economic reactivation, modernization of infrastructure and sustainable development to set the foundations for progress in the industry.

Mining companies have said they are committed to the adoption and implementation of technology and following international best practices, which is positioning the industry as a progressive sector.

In addition, the mining industry proclaims to be working under social corporate responsibility policies that have motivated transparency in terms of how acquisitions and agricultural leases respect human rights. Operators said they were carrying out assemblies with ejidos and nearby communities to establish positive relationships and comply with legal requirements.

Companies are also continuously working on the development of campaigns and programs oriented to promote an environmental culture in the communities. Among the activities in 2021, the celebration of Global Water Day, Earth Day and World Environment Day stand out. Recollection and sale campaigns for PET plastic, support to the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) to control fires, environmental education programs, reforestation and cleaning efforts are further activities carried out by some of the mining companies in the country. 

The subsidiary Minera Peña Colorada, for example, implemented environmental days to clean the beaches of Manzanillo and plant trees to promote a pro-environment culture among the families of the workers, contractors and inhabitants of the communities. 

Since 2017, Minera Media Luna established a teaching program for young people and children in the Cocula municipality in Guerrero. 

In 2021, mining companies maintained their commitment to their neighboring communities by carrying out construction works. Infrastructure projects were focused on the enhancement, maintenance and rehabilitation of housing, roads, drainage and electrical installations. The companies also focused on water conservation plants and wells to optimize water supply systems to assure the availability of the resource in the communities. 

Recently, the Association of Mining, Metallurgic and Geology Engineers of Mexico (AIMMGM) urged the government and the mining sector to commit to working on projects to tackle climate change. The association stressed that the industry must take on a leading role as it is a fundamental industry for the energy transition.

Luis Vázquez, President, AIMMGM, said it is time for the mining sector to rethink the measures it takes to address climate change effects, as well as to strengthen the fruitful efforts. He stressed the importance of working on the preservation of water resources, an essential asset to extract and refine minerals. 

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